Pop Smoke's second posthumous studio album Faith has debuted as the #1 album in the United States.
Released on July 16, the guest-heavy record follows on the heels of Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, which also posthumously nabbed the top spot in the U.S. last year.
The standard 20-track Faith features more than 20 guest performers, including Pusha T, Future, Dua Lipa, Kanye West, and Kid Cudi. A deluxe version of Faith, with four bonus tracks, was released on July 21 - a day after what would have been the artist's 22nd birthday.
Faith is #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart after earning 88,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data. Those units include 83,000 streaming equivalent albums. Album sales added 4,000 and track equivalent album units brought in an extra 1,000. Faith also beats John Mayer's new record, Sob Rock, for the #1 spot.
In the U.K., Faith has debuted at #3 on the current Albums Chart. Olivia Rodrigo's Sour stays high at #2, while KSI‘s All Over The Place has taken the top spot.
The Brooklyn-born Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Barakah Jackson) was shot and killed in February last year after a home invasion in Los Angeles carried out by teenage robbers. The up-and-coming rapper was only 20 years old.
“Midnight we going up for you we turning the pain into champagne everyday,” an Instagram post from Steven Victor, Pop Smoke's manager and the CEO of Victor Victor Worldwide, read. “This is for our day ones we’ve decided to drop off 4 tonight that are cleared and going to turn up the rest on 7/30 thx everyone involved to help us get this out.”
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Article Image: A sign with Pop Smoke's portrait across the street from the Universal Music Group building in NYC. It includes his birth year and death year, 1999-2020. (Erin Alexis Randolph via Shutterstock.)